SOURCE: Tsakos Energy Navigation

Tsakos Energy Navigation

November 22, 2013 08:00 ET

Tsakos Energy Navigation Reports Nine-Month and Third Quarter Financial Results for the Period Ended September 30, 2013

135% Increase in Nine-Month Operating Income; Significant Improvement in Net Results for First Nine-Months 2013; Delivery and Charter of Two Shuttle Tankers With Expected Gross Revenues of $520 Million; Quarterly Dividend of $0.05 per Share Declared

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwired - Nov 22, 2013) - Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE: TNP)


Financial Highlights:

  • Operating income up 135% to $28.0 million compared to $11.9 million for first nine months 2012
  • EBITDA increased 17.9% to $103.5 million in the first nine months of 2013 compared to $87.7 million for the same period of 2012
  • Significant improvement in nine-month and third quarter net results; $(1.9) million for the nine month 2013 period compared to $(24.9) million in the same period of 2012. $(1.4) million for Q3, compared to $(10.4) million for Q3 2012
  • Common stock quarterly dividend of $0.05 per share to be paid on December 17, 2013.

Operational Highlights

  • 8.5% increase in the Q3 2013 average time charter equivalent per ship per day to $18,018 from $16,602 in Q3 2012.
  • Average operating expenses per ship per day in Q3 2013 decreased by 2.3% to $7,483 from $7,663 in Q3 2012
  • Fleet utilization of 98.4% in Q3 2013

Fleet Development Highlights

  • Pioneering fixture for LR product tanker Propontis through the Northern Sea Route
  • Commencement of 15-year employment for two DP2 shuttle tankers with expected minimum gross revenues of $520 million
  • Contracted charter revenues of approximately $925 million with an average fleet employment of 1.8 years. Secured fleet at 2.7 years average. 
  • Fleet currently consists of 26 product tankers, 19 crude carriers, two DP2 suezmax shuttle tankers and (pro forma) two LNG vessels plus one option

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN or the "Company") (NYSE: TNP) today reported results (unaudited) for the first nine months and third quarter of 2013.

TEN achieved significantly improved results in the first nine months of 2013 over the first nine months of 2012. Operating income for the first nine months of 2013 was $28.0 million compared to $11.9 million in the first nine months of 2012, an improvement of over $16.0 million, or 135.0%.

This increase was due to increased revenue, net of voyage expenses and commissions, of $12.4 million, generated mainly by the introduction of the two shuttle tankers and product carrier rate improvements. The average daily time charter equivalent rate per vessel was $18,065, compared to $17,152 in the first nine months of 2012.

TEN continued to keep expenditure under tight, but prudent, control. Operating costs for the first nine months of 2013 amounted to $97.1 million, a 3.7% decrease from the comparable nine months of 2012. Daily operating expenses per ship were $7,635 compared to $7,825 for the first nine months of 2012, a 2.4% decrease.

Depreciation and dry-docking amortization costs were $74.5 million, slightly down from the 2012 corresponding period. General and administrative expenses totaled $3.3 million, compared to $2.8 million in the first nine months of 2012, reflecting an increase in professional fees.

Interest and finance costs in the nine months of 2013 were $30.9 million compared to $37.8 million in the first nine months of 2012, mainly due to the expiry of several interest rate swaps. 

TEN incurred a net loss of $1.9 million in the first nine months of 2013, a significant improvement from the net loss of $24.9 million incurred in the first nine months of 2012.

Revenues, net of voyage expenses and commissions, were $73.8 million in the third quarter of 2013, up 15.0% from the third quarter of 2012. The product tanker market remained relatively buoyant, while the crude market continued to be under pressure, albeit with signs of some recovery. This was the first quarter that both of our new shuttle tankers operated during the entire quarter. The revenue generated by these vessels had a significant positive impact on consolidated income, adding more revenue than our two older VLCCs had in the third quarter of 2012. These two VLCCs were sold at the end of 2012.

On average, TEN's fleet had 48 vessels in the third quarter 2013, the same as in the third quarter of 2012. Despite a 25.4% increase in the number of operating days that the fleet was employed in the spot market, fleet utilization remained high at over 98%, with only one vessel in dry-dock. The average daily time charter equivalent rate per vessel increased by 8.5% to $18,018 compared to $16,602 in the third quarter of 2012. While rates in the crude sector remained soft, our aframaxes performed better on average than in the equivalent period last year and product carrier rates continued their positive trend.

Average daily operating costs per vessel were $7,483 in the third quarter of 2013 compared to $7,663 in the same period of 2012, representing a decrease of 2.3%. This was the lowest average daily operating cost for any quarter this year, and although there was limited dry-docking during the quarter which helped keep repair and maintenance costs down, there was also a marked weakening of the US dollar against the Euro which negatively impacted crew costs. Overall, however, operating costs for the fleet have been effectively controlled during the third quarter and, indeed, the year to date.

Depreciation and dry-docking amortization costs totaled $25.9 million in the third quarter of 2013, modestly up from the previous third quarter, due to the added depreciation charges for the two DP2 shuttle tankers.

Total technical and commercial management fees increased marginally by only 1.3% in the third quarter of 2013 from the third quarter of 2012. There has been no increase in management fees payable per vessel in 2013 from 2012, with the overall increase being due to the introduction of the new DP2 shuttle tankers which have a higher daily management fee than conventional tankers, offsetting the sale of the VLCCs. General and Administrative costs were $1.2 million, compared to $1.0 million in the third quarter of 2012, the increase being mainly due to increased professional fees.

Operating income amounted to $9.7 million, some twelve times greater than the $0.8 million achieved in the third quarter of 2012, due to higher net revenue and controlling costs.

Third quarter interest and finance costs in 2013 were $10.9 million, representing a 4.3% decrease from last year's third quarter. This decrease was mainly due to reduced interest on interest rate swaps as a result of the expiry of swaps, while movements in the valuations of non-hedging interest rate swaps were neutral in the third quarter of 2013 after being positive in the third quarter of 2012.

The third quarter of 2013 ended with a modest net loss of $1.4 million or $0.04 per diluted share, of which $0.02 per share is attributable to preferred stock dividends. In the third quarter of 2012, a net loss of $10.4 million was incurred. 

TEN's liquidity at the end of the third quarter of 2013 remained strong. Total cash and investments amounted to $174 million compared to $163 million at the end of 2012. Total loans since the third quarter of 2012 fell by $68 million, despite the drawdown of $92 million relating to the delivery of the two new shuttle tankers. Cash flow for the quarter from net income before depreciation, amortization and finance costs ( "EBITDA") was $35.4 million. All the vessels generated positive EBITDA in the third quarter, apart from two aframaxes operating in the volatile spot market and one handysize that was on drydock. Nine-month EBITDA amounted to $103.5 million, a 17.9% increase. All the vessels enjoying positive EBITDA in the period.

The Company will pay a quarterly dividend of $0.05 per share of common stock on December 17, 2013 to shareholders of record as of December 12, 2013.

Dividends on the 8.0% Series B Preferred Shares and 8 7/8% Series C Preferred Shares will be paid quarterly in arrears on the 30th day of January, April, July and October of each year if and when declared by the Company's board of directors. The Company has so far paid two dividends for the Series B Preferred Shares while the first for its Series C Preferred Shares is scheduled for January 30, 2014.

On September 30, 2013, TEN closed its $50 million offering of 8 7/8% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares (the "Series C Preferred Shares") (NYSE: TNPPRC) in a public offering under its effective shelf registration statement at $25.00 per share.

With product tanker rates continuing their solid run, assisted by increased diesel shipments from the US to Europe, and glimpses of the crude market making a turn for the better, TEN continued to maintain a stronghold in the sectors in which it operates while trying to build on its early-mover advantage both in the LNG and the Shuttle tanker markets. The increased activity in the crude trades was evidenced by the chartering of our VLCC Millennium in September which entered an attractive 18-month time charter upon completion of its prior 15-year bareboat charter with expected gross revenues of $11.5 million. The supply situation continued to move in owners favor with the orderbook (for vessels over 30,000dwt according to Clarkson Research Limited) decreasing to approximately 10.7% of the fleet from 11.5% in 2012 and 22.3% in 2010, the year the tanker markets took a more serious turn for the worse.

With such positive industry developments gaining momentum, management will continue focusing on efficient housekeeping as a top priority while making sure that the fleet continues to take advantage of every available day on offer. With 98.4% utilization in the third quarter 2013 and 98.1% in the first nine months of 2013, compared to 97.5% in Q3 2012 and 97.6% in the first nine months of 2012, management is confident that TEN's vessels will continue to remain attractive candidates to high quality charterers.

In terms of employment, flexible time charters will continue to form the backbone of our chartering activity as we plan to safeguard the downside while maintaining the opportunity for market upsides. As of mid-November 2013, the Company had 73% of its remaining 2013 days fixed, while for 2014 the number was 60% and 38% for 2015 corresponding to $28 million, $214 million and $149 million of contracted revenue, respectively. This represents a total of $391 million through the end of 2015 in minimum contracted revenues. For charters that span beyond 2015, the Company expects another $534 million in minimum contracted revenues that bring the total gross revenues the fleet has contracted, today, to approximately $925 million.

A major component of management's priorities remains the accumulation of cash. This provides the Company with ammunition to expand its presence in the various tanker/energy sectors taking advantage of market opportunities. At the same time, it provides a safety net against market turbulence. This policy has served the Company well over the recent years. With $174 million of liquid balances as of the end of September 2013 compared to $163 million at year end 2012, management can pursue its growth aspirations and explore upcoming opportunities both in crude and product segments as well as in LNG, as long as they do not put an undue strain on the Company's balance sheet. The Company remains in constant dialogue with yards in Korea and Japan and evaluates regularly newbuilding opportunities, as well as interesting prospects in the second hand market for modern tonnage.

"With rates on the mend and operating expenses on the decline, our bottom line for another quarter exhibited a significant shift for the better when compared to the same quarter of 2012. The same goes for the nine month period of 2013," stated Mr. Nikolas P. Tsakos, President & Chief Executive Officer of TEN. "We begin to see an appetite of oil majors for attractive period businesses and feel the crude markets will soon complement our product presence in producing sustained profitability. Based on our modern and versatile fleet, our high quality and ever expanding client base, our demonstrated access to capital and proven experience in managing the cycles, we do look forward to the future with justified optimism," Mr. Tsakos concluded.

Conference Call
As previously announced, today, Friday, November 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, TEN will host a conference call to review third quarter 2013 results as well as management's outlook for the business. The call, which will be hosted by TEN's senior management, may contain information beyond what is included in this press release.

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 866 819 7111 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0800 953 0329 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)1452 542 301 (Standard International Dial In). Please quote "Tsakos" to the operator.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until Friday, November 29, 2013 by dialing 1 866 247 4222 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0800 953 1533 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)1452 550 000 (Standard International Dial In). Access Code: 90295809#

Simultaneous Slides and Audio Webcast:
There will also be a simultaneous live, and then archived, slides webcast of the conference call, available through TEN's website ( The slides webcast will also provide details related to fleet composition and deployment and other related company information. This presentation will be available on the Company's corporate website reception page at Participants for the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

To date, TEN's fleet, including an LNG Maria Energy carrier under construction, consists of 49 double-hull vessels, a mix of product tankers, crude tankers and LNG carriers, totaling 4.9 million dwt. Of these, 28 are product carriers ranging from DP2 shuttle suezmaxes to handysize, 19 are crude tankers ranging from VLCCs to aframaxes, and two are LNG carriers.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted by such forward-looking statements. TEN undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Selected Consolidated Financial and Other Data
(In Thousands of U.S. Dollars, except share and per share data)
    Three months ended     Nine months ended  
    September 30     September 30  
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA   2013     2012     2013     2012  
Voyage revenues       $ 107,564     $ 92,409     $ 313,348     $ 293,686  
Commissions         4,166       3,375       12,018       8,548  
Voyage expenses         29,557       24,812       86,501       82,700  
Vessel operating expenses         32,823       33,146       97,054       100,796  
Depreciation         24,571       23,948       70,767       71,317  
Amortization of deferred dry-docking costs         1,298       1,266       3,708       3,534  
Management fees         4,019       3,967       11,845       11,926  
General and administrative expenses         1,208       1,048       3,311       2,831  
Stock compensation expense         -       -       -       168  
Foreign currency losses/(gains)         267       71       144       (48 )
Total expenses         97,909       91,633       285,348       281,772  
  Operating income         9,655       776       28,000       11,914  
Interest and finance costs, net         (10,856 )     (11,348 )     (30,875 )     (37,758 )
Interest income         142       243       300       1,121  
Other, net         (682 )     (6 )     (378 )     (25 )
Total other expenses, net         (11,396 )     (11,111 )     (30,953 )     (36,662 )
  Net loss         (1,741 )     (10,335 )     (2,953 )     (24,748 )
  Less: Net loss/(income) attributable to the noncontrolling interest         379       (24 )     1,085       (115 )
Net loss attributable to Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited       $ (1,362 )   $ (10,359 )   $ (1,868 )   $ (24,863 )
Loss per share, basic*       $ (0.04 )   $ (0.18 )   $ (0.06 )   $ (0.48 )
Loss per share, diluted*       $ (0.04 )   $ (0.18 )   $ (0.06 )   $ (0.48 )
Weighted average number of shares                                    
  Basic         56,614,752       56,293,237       56,501,037       52,295,812  
  Diluted         56,614,752       56,293,237       56,501,037       52,295,812  
BALANCE SHEET DATA   September 30     December 31     September 30          
    2013     2012     2012          
Cash, restricted cash and marketable securities         173,094       162,153       164,275          
Other assets         82,813       80,889       126,630          
Vessels, net         2,223,546       2,088,358       2,124,215          
Advances for vessels under construction         57,997       119,484       88,939          
  Total assets       $ 2,537,450     $ 2,450,884     $ 2,504,059          
Debt         1,404,234       1,442,427       1,472,117          
Other liabilities         113,751       81,617       85,945          
Stockholders' equity         1,019,465       926,840       945,997          
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity       $ 2,537,450     $ 2,450,884     $ 2,504,059          
    Three months ended     Nine months ended  
OTHER FINANCIAL DATA   September 30     September 30  
        2013       2012       2013       2012  
Net cash from operating activities       $ 31,668     $ 4,824     $ 104,230     $ 39,457  
Net cash used in investing activities       $ (15,578 )   $ (50,574 )   $ (142,779 )   $ (53,056 )
Net cash from/(used in) financing activities       $ 10,114     $ (15,636 )   $ 61,575     $ (10,816 )
TCE per ship per day       $ 18,018     $ 16,602     $ 18,065     $ 17,152  
Operating expenses per ship per day       $ 7,483     $ 7,663     $ 7,635     $ 7,825  
Vessel overhead costs per ship per day       $ 1,184     $ 1,136     $ 1,173     $ 1,135  
          8,667       8,799       8,808       8,960  
FLEET DATA                                
Average number of vessels during period         48.0       48.0       47.3       48.0  
Number of vessels at end of period         48.0       48.0       48.0       48.0  
Average age of fleet at end of period   Years     6.8       7.8       6.8       7.8  
Dwt at end of period (in thousands)         4,786       5,073       4,786       5,073  
Time charter employment - fixed rate   Days     1,792       1,256       4,821       3,620  
Time charter employment - variable rate   Days     1,072       1,399       3,175       4,196  
Period employment (pool and coa) at market rates   Days     123       388       398       1,458  
Spot voyage employment at market rates   Days     1,359       1,084       4,280       3,187  
  Total operating days         4,346       4,127       12,674       12,461  
  Total available days         4,416       4,416       12,923       13,152  
  Utilization         98.4 %     93.5 %     98.1 %     94.7 %
  Utilization (excluding La Prudencia)         N/A       97.5 %     N/A       97.6 %
TCE represents voyage revenue less voyage expenses. Commission is not deducted.
Operating expenses per ship per day exclude the vessel bare-boat chartered out.
Vessel overhead costs include Management fees, General & Administrative expenses and Stock compensation expense.
EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, net gain on sale of vessels, depreciation and amortization) is a non-GAAP metric used within the financial community for evaluating and comparing the performance of companies.
The Company does not incur corporation tax.
*Preferred dividends are included in the calculation of the loss per common share.

Contact Information

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    +30210 94 07 710

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